Common Preparedness Mistakes

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Common Preparedness Mistakes

Being prepared is a survival skill that takes a little time to get right, and it's not uncommon for mistakes to happen along the way. If looking to seriously strengthen your preparedness/survival skills, check out some of the most common preparedness mistakes!

1) No or Not Enough Water
While survival without food is possible for about a month or so, the body starts to shut down from lack of agua in a matter of days. A common preparedness mistake is having freeze-dried and canned food available, but no water! Keep at least a few gallons in your emergency kit, along with filters and purification tablets.

2) Too Little Food
Another common mistake? Keeping only the bare minimum of non-perishable food around. People like to feel prepared, i.e. keeping a few extra cans in the pantry, but don't necessarily ensure the right amount of food for survival is available. Boxes of freeze-dried food that contain 80 or more servings is a good place to start!

3) Too Much Gear
Sure, it's nice to have five flashlights and 10 flares in your emergency kit, but don't sacrifice must-haves such as food and water for gear. It's also important to know what to do in the event of an emergency rather than focusing on "stuff." After all, that gear won't do you much good if you have no clue what to do when disaster strikes!

4) No "From Work" Plan
Most people keep all emergency gear in their homes, but what if you're at work or otherwise out when disaster strikes? It's a good idea to have an emergency plan that includes the safest route back to your house, as well as a mini survival kit in your vehicle.

5) No Alternative Cooking Source
Freeze-dried food is great during a power outage, however it's best to know a few alternatives for heating and chilling food! Solar ovens are good bets, as are humless power sources.
What are your best preparedness tips? Have you made survival skill mistakes in the past that proved great lessons? Share your stories in the comments section!
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Kol Drake replied the topic: Common Preparedness Mistakes

Been in a situation where the person had those 5 flashlights but .... no batteries. Being prepared is also being prepared wisely as you note.
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Nice. :-) I know we're low on batteries. As I organize the house, I will get to the emergency supplies as well. We also have a fuel lantern, probably kerosene, which I got to avoid the battery issues. It's not perfect, it will run out of fuel as well, but it has a good shelf life and looks pretty cool. :-)
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Connor replied the topic: Common Preparedness Mistakes

Blah. I walked a freaking mountain path in germany with no water. Dumbest thing I ever did. But, I wasn't prepared to go up a mountain. :P It was unplanned.

Even short trips without water can greatly impair performance. Constant hydration means you'll be thinking quicker and possibly come up with better solutions should problems arise.

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Jax replied the topic: Re:Common Preparedness Mistakes

Lol live and learn! I go almost nowhere without water. And road trips require a gallon. :-)
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Tzondraa replied the topic: Common Preparedness Mistakes

Connor wrote: Blah. I walked a freaking mountain path in germany with no water. Dumbest thing I ever did. But, I wasn't prepared to go up a mountain. :P It was unplanned.

Even short trips without water can greatly impair performance. Constant hydration means you'll be thinking quicker and possibly come up with better solutions should problems arise.


There are so huge mountains in Germany? I live near the black forest and if you know where to look you will find a lot of water ;) I am often in the forest and a pocket knife, a bit of string and a compass are things I have always with me. (got almost lost there once - never again )
Something very usefull is a flashlight which you can reload with a dynamo. No batteries - no problem.
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Johannes (Yoshio) replied the topic: Common Preparedness Mistakes

Aye, in the South of Germany there are quite high mountains! The highest might be the “Zugspitze” and if You go to “Berchtesgarden” You will feel like I do when back home in Salzburg. But You are right the further north one goes the less high the mountains become.
Should You ever come down to Munich, let me know and we can hike out for a mountain trip together! ;)

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Just remember that clear water doesn't mean clean water! If you're only going out a short time, it might be fine, as you will be back in civilization when the illness hits, but if it's a truly unknown survival situation, water is tricky. Having one of those lifestraws in your kit can save your life!

And Tzondraa, where Connor is from, and where he goes to school, there are zero mountains, so any mountain will be very large to him. :-) Much of the United States is flat, so many people go their whole lives never climbing one.
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Tzondraa replied the topic: Common Preparedness Mistakes

Yes thats true. If you grow up near the mountains its not that impressive. I go almost every winter into the Alps and I really love it there.
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I look forward to visiting Germany, to see my ancestral homeland, perhaps visit some remaining cousins, but even more to see the country. Living in Colorado I love the mountains, but the Alps are different. I really look forward to hiking some truly ancient lands, where so much history has occurred.
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